USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization cards for individuals with Temporary Protected Status from Haiti.

If your employee has an Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766, often referred to as an “EAD”) with an original expiration date of January 22, 2018 and containing the category code “A-12” or “C-19,” this EAD is automatically extended and the employee may continue to work without a new one (and without a receipt notice) through the end of the automatic extension period, July 21, 2018.

Additionally, if your employee has an EAD with an expiration date of July 22, 2017, and has not yet received the new EAD your employee applied for during the last re-registration period, your employee is also covered by this automatic extension. For the Form I-9, these employees may show their EAD with a July 22, 2017, expiration date, their EAD application receipt (Notice of Action, Form I-797C) that notes the application was received on or after May 24, 2017, and USCIS’s statement on this automatic extension available at https://www.uscis.gov/news/re-registration-period-now-open-haitians-temporary-protected-status.

Federal Register notice announcing the extension: https://go.usa.gov/xnvHB

EAD. The notation A-12 or C-19 appears on the face of the EAD (Form I-766) under Category. The exp. date of the last re-registration period is on card

Some EAD holders, including those with TPS who already applied to renew their EAD with the January 22, 2018 expiration date, may choose to show their existing EAD with a qualifying I-797C receipt notice. This combination of documents allows the employee to work through July 21, 2018. More information on when an employee can choose to show their EAD and I-797C is available in this USCIS Fact Sheet.

If you have an existing employee who presented an EAD that has now been automatically extended, the employee’s Form I-9 should be updated to reflect the extension:

1. For Section 1, the employee may:
a. Draw a line through the expiration date.

b. Write the new expiration date (July 21, 2018) above the previous date.

c. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1.

2. For Section 2, employers should:
a. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2.

b. Write the new expiration date (July 21, 2018) above the previous date.

C. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 2.

For more information:
Visit USCIS’s webpage on TPS.
Call the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-237-2515 TTY).